Leading Liberal Group Opposes Proposal for Obamacare Funds

March 20, 2018

A leading liberal health-care advocacy group is warning against a proposal to fund ObamaCare payments, saying the move would actually harm consumers. The group, Families USA, is opposing a plan released on Wednesday from Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) in large part because the proposal would fund ObamaCare payments known as cost-sharing reductions (CSRs). Read More

Those Coupons People Use for Expensive Meds Are Starting to Count for Less

March 20, 2018

Coupons, which are used to get steep discounts, typically come in the form of cards that consumers get in drug ads or from doctors. Coupons help drug companies sell more products, but studies show coupons also raise health care costs because they encourage people to buy more expensive drugs, even when cheaper generics are available. Insurance companies, therefore, don’t think much of coupons. Read More

Obamacare Insurers Just Had Their Best Year Ever

March 20, 2018

After three years of financial bloodletting under the law — and despite constant repeal threats and efforts by the Trump administration to dismantle it — many of the remaining insurers made money on individual health plans for the first time last year, according to a POLITICO analysis of financial filings for 29 regional Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, often the dominant player in their markets. Read More

House Rejects GOP Bill Easing Use of Unproven Drugs

March 15, 2018

The House rejected legislation Tuesday easing how experimental drugs are provided to people with terminal illnesses, as Democrats calling the bill risky and misleading overcame support from President Donald Trump and emotional arguments by Republican lawmakers and ailing constituents. Read More